When I published my first book, I wasn’t a newbie to public critiques. I worked for a newspaper and wrote a column on parenting - two places where trolls live in the comments section. I knew how horrible people could be, and had developed a somewhat thick skin over it. Don’t get me wrong, it never feels good when someone publicly blasts your parenting decisions or even your children. But you just have to keep reminding yourself that trolls feed on creating a reaction. Delete, and move on. It's different with reviews, though...
Here's what I read this month, plus one addictive thing that kept me from reading as fast as usual.
DeBartolo took my breath away and shattered my heart when I read her other book, God Shaped Hole, and so I went into Sorrow knowing I'd be changed. I had no idea how much, though.
Leaving Time is the 70th book I've read in my journey to 100, and a story that beautifully weaves the story of elephants into the mystery of a woman's disappearance.
Let me tell you something about this book. I have never seen a love affair played out so beautifully as this book.
The countdown is on for the release of Hope at the Crossroads, the 2nd book in the Hope series. The book is set to release on Sept. 5, which is only 7 short weeks away. Right now, beta readers are finishing with the book, and then it goes to the editor before it’s finally released … Continue reading Hope at the Crossroads, and writing my heart
he story of The Beauty in Darkness, the debut novel of Sonoma County author Leah Reise, starts with an awakening of sorts, and a wish for true death. Edrea stands at the gates of the Décret, a clan of vampires who are sure to tear her apart for arriving without invitation. This is exactly what … Continue reading Book Crush: ‘The Beauty in Darkness: A Vampire Story,’ by Leah Reise
I am a huge fan of Tim Farrington, having discovered The Monk Downstairs a few years ago, followed by The Monk Upstairs, and then concluding with every other book Farrington has ever written before re-reading the Monk books again (and maybe again). So when I found out he had written another book, I got it … Continue reading Book Crush: ‘The Lazarus Kid,’ by Tim Farrington
I’m not exactly crushing on The Sea of Tranquility, a novel by Katja Millay. However, I did enjoy reading it enough that I finished it in just a few days. And it’s a long book. Let’s start from the beginning. I did not like the beginning. In fact, I was incredibly irritated with the beginning. … Continue reading Book crush: The Sea of Tranquility
Sometimes a book is so good, you don't want it to end. And when it does, you go through a bit of a mourning period. This is a strange sentiment I'm feeling for a book titled Hell's Children, but it's where I'm at right now. The book starts out with Jack Ferris, a home-schooled kid … Continue reading Book crush: Hell’s Children